brunch

cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs

cinnamon sugar breakfast puffs

September 16th, 2014

Summer weekends are a mad dash to get out the door and start the day – so breakfasts are typically quick and easy. But the minute the air turns crisp I inevitably seek out weekend breakfasts that are a bit more indulgent. Food that begs for lingering over the papers, and great smells coming from […]

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brunch, part two: winter fruit salad

brunch, part two: winter fruit salad

January 24th, 2012

Remember my brunch menu from a few weeks ago? Here’s the recipe for the fruit salad! I am normally not a fan of fruit salad. I find it annoying to make and typically unsatisfying to eat. I always feel obliged to put some on my plate, so as not to feel too “walk of shame” […]

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brunch, part one: cinnamon streusel french toast

cinnamon streusel french toast

January 15th, 2012

For almost 20 years we have started New Year’s Day the same way –  going out for breakfast with my parents at one of our favorite local restaurants. As you know, I truly love our family traditions – and this one is no exception. But I just wasn’t “feeling it” this year. We had spent the previous week cramming […]

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holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (lemon poppy)

holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (lemon poppy)

December 18th, 2011

If the Deluxe Double-Vanilla pound cake from yesterday was too subtle and low-key for you, then you are going to LOVE this version. It’s got it all going on – flecks of lemon zest and black poppy seeds in the batter, and a shiny, lemony glaze on top. This cake is as pretty as it is […]

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holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (deluxe double-vanilla)

holiday baking: one pound cake, two ways (deluxe double-vanilla)

December 17th, 2011

On the list of all sweet things I love, pound cake………..well, takes the cake. Today’s recipe is from a book I’ve talked about before. Rose Levy Beranbaum’s The Cake Bible has truly been my “bible” for much of my cake-baking life. Her pound cake recipe is the best I’ve ever tried (I’ve made it so often that […]

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i brake for squash, part four: pumpkin bread

i brake for squash, part four: pumpkin bread

November 6th, 2011

I call this the little bread that could. It looks so simple and unassuming, you could easily pass it by. But don’t. It’s so delicious. Light and moist, somewhere between a cake and a tea bread, lovely at any time of day. Noah, of course, favors it for breakfast and I don’t mind at all. […]

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thank you

date nut bread

August 14th, 2011

This post is about parents, grandparents and Coke slushies. It’s also about gratitude, traditions and date-nut bread. I’m sitting in my kitchen, getting ready to pack and prepare as we leave for what will be our 8th trip to Disney World. And when I say “we” I mean Mike, Chelsea, Conor and me. Noah stays […]

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chocolate chip scones

chocolate chip scones

April 26th, 2011

I know, I know. I JUST wrote about scones, like, a month ago. Did I really think we needed another scone recipe? Yes, we do. If it’s THIS scone recipe. In addition to s’mores bars, Chelsea  also wanted to make these scones while she was home for spring break. I couldn’t say no as she looks […]

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scone rage

scone rage

March 24th, 2011

You read correctly. Some people have road rage – I have “scone rage”. See, I had yet another too-large, overly-dry, utterly-tasteless scone recently, and it made me mad. Mad enough to go home and bake a batch of my favorite scones. And I realized that I couldn’t remember the last time I had experienced a […]

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buttermilk country cake

buttermilk country cake

February 20th, 2011

A number of years ago I realized that, whenever a recipe called for buttermilk, I never knew what to do with what was left over. I would invariably leave it in the fridge till I determined it was “bad” (even though buttermilk always looks “bad” to me…) and throw it away. I finally decided to […]

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